1) Brand new blues/punk duo Deap Valley's new video for "Gonna Make My Own Money," depicts the day's aventures of vocalist/guitarist Lindsey Troy and drummer Julie Edwards (of the Pity Party). I've read comparisons to Sleater-Kinney (DV shares some stylistic similarities with SK's last album The Woods) but honestly, I hear more of Jack White or the Dead Weather. According to their press release, Deap Valley met in a knitting class. WHAAT????
3) Seattle's The Young Evils have a new video for "Dead Animals", which includes some stop motion photography, candles, a stegosaurus lamp, a piano t-shirt, guys with black hoods on their heads (the kind for when one is executed), lo-fi video quality, and vague inspiration from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video. Read a very very short interview about the video here at the Stranger. They'll be playing on July 26 at the Hotel Cafe.
4) I've been hearing L.A. "party punk rockers" FIDLAR a lot lately on KXLU, and even perhaps on KCRW. It seems that they've very quickly made the leap to MTV (the rate at which a band can now leap from obscurity to MTV is remarkable). It took me several minutes of listening to this new video for "Max Can't Surf" for me to realize what early 90s band they remind me of: Mudhoney. FIDLAR will be playing at the FYF Fest on 9/1.
5) L.A.'s Papa have released a video for "Ain't It So", shot entirely on the Paramount lot. It's a cool video, and features lead singer Darren Weiss (who also plays in the band Girls (but does Girls still exist???) in a pink suit. Papa gets a few extra points from me, as they'll be touring with Iceland's of Monsters and Men (on 8/8 at the Observatory in Santa Ana, 8/9 at the California Academy of Sciences Lawn in San Francisco, and on 8/10 at Outside Lands in San Francisco -- where I'll be!). They'll be back in LA on 9/2 for the FYF Fest. Read an interview here.
6) This week may be slightly heavy on the Icelandic videos so bear with me. it seems our favorite small North Atlantic island (sorry Faroes and Shetland!) gets busy musically in the summertime. My all time favorite chocolate candy inspired Icelandic artist, Prinspóló, has a new video for "Lúxuslíf", made by Sara Riel, and which consists entirely of below the surface swimming pool video of older people swimming. Based on my PERSONAL EXPERIENCE in Iceland, swimming is quite the popular pastime their (believe it or not! their are public swimming pools in almost every town, big or small). Courtesy of the youtube clip, the lyrics are below the video:
Hraunbiti bráðnandi í sólinni
Lazergeisli í hjartastað á sálinni
ég hef beðið eftir þér frá því í nóvember
það er margt svo kræsilegt sem ég hef að bjóða þér
Lúxuslíf æji plís réttu mér hníf
Ég hef verið meira en fús til að drekka þennan djús
en nú get ég ekki meir, þarf að fara í annan heim
það mun ekki standa á mér að henda í annað svona geim
7) The stylistically witchy (but very friendlyin person) Samaris, have released their much anticipated debut music video for 'Góða tungl' (Good Moon). The video is directed by Thora Hilmarsdottir and appears to take place in a mental asylum?
8) A few days ago debuted a new video from experimental (but still relatively popular in the United States) Icelandic group múm. The song is called "Hvernig Á Að Særa Vini Sína" (How to Hurt Your Friends) and was actually first recorded between 1998-2000, the early period for the band captured by their recent compilation release Early Birds. I've never listened to múm before, but this sounds fairly typical of late 90's indie pop. Thus...I like it!
Thanks for all the suggestions, friends! Do you have more? Email them to me at RFSLJed at gmail dot com.